Were you injured in a Pensacola motorcycle accident caused by another driver? If so, you deserve compensation for your medical bills and rehabilitation, lost income, physical pain, and emotional suffering. But if insurance companies refuse to pay you total compensation, turn to a Pensacola motorcycle accident lawyer from Cardoso Law, PLLC.
Our Pensacola motorcycle accident attorney knows that recovering from a Pensacola motorcycle accident can cause you to feel stress and anxiety. Let us give you peace of mind by handling the details of your motorcycle accident case and pursuing every penny you deserve. With our comprehensive and personal approach, you can contact us whenever you have questions about your Florida motorcycle accident and expect a prompt response.
Reach out to Cardoso Law, PLLC, for a free initial claim evaluation after being injured in a Pensacola motorcycle accident. Our Pensacola personal injury lawyer can help you learn more about your legal options for pursuing compensation from the driver or other parties who caused your injuries and losses.
What Are the Florida Motorcycle Laws?
Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes contains the state’s motorcycle laws. Under Section 316.208, a motorcycle operator has the same rights and duties as drivers of other motor vehicles. Other important Florida motorcycle laws include:
- Motorcycle riders under the age of 21 must wear a helmet that meets the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Riders 21 and older may forego a helmet if they have an insurance policy providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits coverage for injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.
- Motorcycle operators must wear eye protection regardless of whether they wear a helmet.
- Motorcycles must have brakes on the front and back wheels, a horn, and mirrors; may not have an exhaust system modified from factory stock; and may not have handlebars higher than the operator’s shoulders.
- Motorcycles must have one or two headlights that must always remain active, in addition to a red rear reflector, a stop lamp, turn signals, and a taillight.
- Motorcycle riders may not use lane split. Drivers also may not overtake a motorcycle in the same traffic lane. However, two motorcycles may ride side-by-side in the same traffic lane.
- Motorcycles may not drive out of a traffic lane or off the paved roadway to pass another vehicle.
- Operators may not carry any objects that prevent the driver from keeping both hands on the handlebars.
- A rider carrying a passenger must have a factory-equipped seat and footrests designed for the passenger.
- Motorcycle riders must have a license or endorsement.